Sixth seed Catty Connie Mack hosted number seven Stroudsburg in the opening round of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League playoffs in the first game of a three-game series on Monday night at Opportunity Field.
The Diamond Jaxx have depth at pitching with nine players on their squad who are able to take to the mound.
Catasauqua's Dakota Schiffer appreciated a few days off before the start of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs, while teammate Alex Torres was more anxious to get back into action.
Nevertheless, the duo will have to be a major factor when their team takes to the field for game two in Stroudsburg after falling in game one. Catty will host the rubber game of the series, if necessary, Friday. In the lone regular season meeting between the two teams during the regular season, Catty beat Stroudsburg, 3-1.
Catasauqua's college-bound student athletes are (left to right): Anthony Brinkley - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (cross country and indoor track); Zac Edwards - Lebanon Valley College (baseball); Melissa Fuhrman - Lebanon Valley College (soccer); Laura Gerhard - Bloomsburg University (field hockey) and Paige Kogelman - West Chester University (softball). Missing from photo is Olivia Falko - Bloomsburg University (soccer).
It seems the weatherman isn't fond of baseball this summer.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team is well aware of that fact. They had two games scheduled for Monday, one of which was the continuation of a suspended game with Emmaus, while the other was a full game against the same team. However, the weatherman threatened more rain over an already waterlogged Henry Glasser Field, forcing the cancellation.
That weather interruption followed Sunday's day-night double header, another forced scheduling adjustment due to the rains.
Egypt Green shocked once beaten Bowmanstown Big Red Machine in the semifinals playoff pounding them by seven runs, something Catty didn't even do, but the Roughies rose to the occasion in a game that was closer than the score appears, an 11-5 victory to capture the Central Whitehall League Biddy title.
The game was played at Stoney Ridge Park in Bowmanstown on Saturday, June 29.
Catasauqua finished the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack regular season with a 12-5 mark after mauling Moore Township 11-0 last Wednesday night.
Catty has to sit and wait for the playoffs. According to head coach Jim Kober the team isn't sure who they will play because many teams had games remaining through this week.
The Rippin' Roughs led 5-0 and got five more in the bottom of the sixth inning to put away visiting Moore Township. Seven Roughies accounted for 11 hits.
Dakota Schiffer pitched a three-hitter, and with the stick, Schiffer had a sacrifice and was walked.
The Catasauqua Grasshoppers recently competed in the Coplay Grasshopper Tournament that was held at Coplay's Sam Balliet Stadium. The tournament was run flawlessly buy Bob Minnich and Todd Troxell. The fields were perfect and the snack stand was overflowing.
Catty's little athletes were able to hang in there, but ended up losing in the first round to Allen Township. Allen's offense was just too much to handle as they were finding the gaps on every hit.
Anthony Recker thought he might play close to home someday. But, he also realistically knew it would be more of a long shot than reality. Yet, Recker wasn't exactly miserable, as he played out his own dream playing in the farm system of his favorite team, the Oakland A's.
However, all of that began to change when the catcher made the first move headed east when he was dealt to the Chicago Cubs in August 2012. Recker's stay there was short and he moved close to his deal situation as he claimed off waivers by New York Mets in October 2012.
With a few games left in the regular season, Northampton has its sights on the playoff n the Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Along with a sixth-place overall seeding in the NORCO, Northampton also is within striking distance of first-place Bath - anywhere from a game to a game-and-a-half in recent weeks - in the league's West division.
During the final few games of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League (LVCM), Catasauqua simply had to wait it turn. Its turn, however, to see what seed the Roughies would land in next week's opening round of the LVCM playoffs that will begin Monday, July 8.
Catasauqua finished with an overall 12-5 record and firmly had a grip on the fourth seed. Yet, the Roughies may be bumped up to the third seed depending on some outcomes of games played over a stretch of the final three days of the regular season that began this past Monday.
Anywhere they may fall, Catty will be ready.